One of the great things about Barack Obama’s success in this year’s contest for the White House is that less than a half-century after the height of the Civil Rights’ Movement, an African-American has become a serious contender for the highest office in the land.
It will be a great day indeed when race no longer plays a factor in how we evaluate an individual, when we have realized Martin Luther King’s dream that his “four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
In the way he answered Geraldo Rivera’s question whether he considered himself a “person of color” Saturday night on FoxNews, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a man of Indian heritage, took a big step toward realizing that dream. He didn’t respond directly to Rivera’s query. When Rivera pressed him, noting the governor’s “non-response,” the Bayou State Republican replied, “the only color that matters is red, white and blue.”
Sounds like a man who could truly bring us together.